Open Your Hearts

John 3:16-18 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.

So yesterday was St Valentine’s Day, a day set aside for romance and love. There were many heart-shaped boxes of chocolates lining the shelves of my local drug store, and the line at the card store ran to the back wall. People were frantic, trying to find the ‘perfect’ card.

Forgive me for being cynical, but why do we need a holiday that is forced upon us by the florists and the people at Hallmark to show our love to each other? Don’t get me wrong. There’s no harm in these gestures, but shouldn’t we do as John tell us? “Let us love not with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.”

The truth is, I love my husband very much, and I know that he loves me. Flowers and candy are nice, but we don’t need these tokens, or a special day, to show our love. Everyday with him is special. Whenever he takes out the trash, or cleans the snow off my car, he puts a smile on my face. When he goes off to work before dawn, and returns home long after the sun has gone to sleep, to earn a living for our family, he shows his love for me. When I cook his favorite meals for him, or go to work, and care for our children and our home, I show my love for him.

Isn’t it so much more with Jesus? Jesus showed His love for us by the ultimate action: He allowed Himself to be beaten, tortured and crucified; He gave His life for us, to conquer sin and death. Ponder that for a moment. What more precious gift is there, than that of our Savior?

Because of that gift, we need to make a sincere effort to show our love to those around us, each and every day. Not just on a day that the calendar tells us to.

It doesn’t have to be a grand gesture. Call a neighbor who is lonely. Let someone ahead of you on the checkout line. Whatever you do, do it with joy in your heart.

I challenge each of you to open your hearts to God each day. Find a new way to show those around you that you love them.

With what actions have you shown others, and Jesus, your love?

Please share your thoughts and comments so that others might learn.

God bless you, Andrea


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